The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has introduced a new online recording system for veterinary graduates starting their Professional Development Phase (PDP).

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has introduced a new online recording system for veterinary graduates starting their Professional Development Phase (PDP).

RCVS head of education Freda AndrewsThe new PDP database sits as a module within the Professional Development Record (PDR), launched in April to help vets and vet nurses plan, evaluate and record their continuing professional development (CPD).

RCVS head of education Freda Andrews said: “Bringing the PDP into the new Professional Development Record shows clearly how this stage of a vet’s development is part of the continuum of professional development that starts at university and continues for as long as they practise.

“We are also developing a system for students to record their practical and clinical experience while at university and, once this is complete next year, the PDR will become a complete record of professional lifelong learning.”

PDPLike the rest of the PDR, the new PDP module offers extra space for notes, and allows documents (such as case reports and presentations) to be uploaded and stored. The new interface is designed to be more user friendly than the previous PDP database, and contains:

  • Interactive help,
  • Guidance on PDP, and
  • An easier means of recording case numbers against the clinical skills lists.

All new graduates from 2012 are able to sign up to use the new PDP site, as well as accessing the CPD area to record any additional CPD they might undertake.

Graduates still undertaking their PDP using the old database may continue to do so for the time being, although the old site will be archived at some stage within the next year or so.

  • For more information, or to sign up to the PDP, visit www.rcvs.org.uk/pdp.
  • Anyone currently using the old databse who wishes to transfer to the new system should contact the PDP administrator at the RCVS. Email pdp@rcvs.org.uk or telephone 020 7202 0736.
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